Thursday, May 11, 2017

Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Anna Dewdney - ADVISABLE

Brown, Margaret Wise.  Christmas in the Barn, illustrated by Anna Dewdney.  Harper, 2016.  $17.99.  PICTURE BOOK.  978-0062379863

Author Margaret Wise Brown’s (Good Night Moon) use of words and well-placed rhymes are perfect for telling the story of the birth of Jesus Christ.  She set’s the scene in the barn, the animals and their sounds, Mary and Joseph, the star, the shepherds, and the three wise men.  The text was originally published in 1952, but is given new life by beautiful new illustrations.  Illustrator Anne Dewdney uses oil paint, pastel, pencil, and marker, to create one-of-a-kind illustrations.  The full-color illustrations are warm and bright, despite being at night.  The animals are rendered with expressive faces.  The humans wear smiles and looks of contentment.  This book would be a beautiful addition to any Christmas collection. 

Pre-K, EL-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS. 

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